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Trends Cogn Sci. 2006 Oct;10(10):442-6. Epub 2006 Aug 22.

The search for phonology in other species.

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Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6PT, UK.


Human language draws on a complex set of cognitive, motor and auditory skills. Some of these are found in other species but others are thought to be absent. There has been a burst of research in this area over the past five years, both in examining natural communication systems and also in the laboratory, exposing animals to human language. Most of the work has focused on analogies to syntax. Although many of the fundamental building blocks for basic phonological skills might be found outside humans, most aspects of core phonology have never been investigated.

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